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“Hunting Matters” Talks About Women and the Outdoors with Heidi Rao of The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

(Houston, TX- February 22, 2024) This week “Hunting Matters” welcomes Heidi Rao! Heidi Lyn Rao was hired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in 1998 and has recruited, trained, and retained volunteers, as the Hunter Education Specialist for Southeast Texas. In 2010 she also assumed the role as statewide Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Coordinator. During her TPWD career, she developed many partnerships and organized many education & outreach events. She started “Take Me Outdoors Houston” in 2009, when the Texas Wildlife Expo ended, and brings this annual family-friendly, free, hands-on outdoor event to Discovery Green, Downtown Houston. She hosts wildlife workshops ranging from alligators to big game. She promotes hunting and outdoor safety to groups ranging from elementary school aged to flying offshore via helicopter to speak to oil and gas employees in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on a platform. From teaching firearm safety to

Derek Ham Named HSCF 2024 President’s Award Winner

(Houston, TX- February 6, 2024) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce HSCF Life member and Board member Derek Ham as the recipient of the 2024 HSCF President’s Award. The HSCF President’s Award is given each year to acknowledge the outstanding HSCF member whose contributions exceed the expectations of an HSCF member, in support of HSCF’s mission. Individuals receive this award for their leadership, outstanding service contribution, superior performance, team collaboration, and serve as an inspiration to others. “I am remarkably humbled to have been chosen for this award and what it symbolizes. There are many other equally dedicated HSCF members, and I am proud to be working alongside them to further the message and cause of HSCF. We Hunt. We Give. With sincere gratitude, I want to thank HSCF President Monica Williamson and HSCF,” stated Derek. “It has been a genuine pleasure working with Derek on

Houston Safari Club Foundation-DLD Scholarship Application Period Now Open

(Houston, TX- February 1, 2024) – The application period for Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) Dan L Duncan scholarships is now open through April 15, 2024. Houston Safari Club Foundation is committed to furthering the education of students pursuing conservation-related career paths, supporting the future of tomorrow’s conservation leaders and protecting the future of hunting. HSCF’s Dan L Duncan Scholarship Program annually awards scholarships to students involved in the study of Wildlife Management, Range Management, Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Students must be enrolled in an accredited Texas university. HSCF proudly recognizes and encourages students who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character, through its prestigious scholarship program. HSCF understands the future of conservation depends on the education of bright and gifted scholars who will work to protect hunter’s rights and wildlife conservation for decades to come. Many past HSCF scholarship recipients have become some of the top thought

HSC FEBRUARY 2024 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

HSC Signs On To Letter Supporting Habitat Enhancement Now Act (H.R. 6854 – HEN Act) The HEN Act will authorize $1.5 million in competitive grant funding each year for 5 years. This relatively small investment would result in the construction, installation, and maintenance of nearly 20,000 hen houses resulting in the production of tens of thousands of additional mallards throughout the country. Breeding duck populations in California face ever-increasing pressure from wetland habitat loss. The HEN Act will authorize an additional $1.5 million annually for 5 years to incentivize willing landowners to establish nesting cover and create essential brood habitat on their property in California. HSC Signs On To Letter Supporting Funding for Migration Corridors A letter was sent to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting support of fiscal year 2025 funding for the efforts of the Department of

Kevin Comiskey Named HSCF 2024 Frank E. Green Award Winner

  (Houston, TX- January 23, 2024) – Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce Kevin Comiskey as the recipient of the 2024 HSCF Frank Green Award.    The Frank E. Green Award of Commitment recognizes those extraordinary members of Houston Safari Club Foundation who have given tremendous time and effort for the enhancement and betterment of HSCF and its members. This prestigious award recognizes those individuals who have continuously given of themselves for the betterment of Houston Safari Club Foundation, over a period exceeding three years. “I am truly honored to be this year’s Frank Green Award recipient. To be recognized by my peers and the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s past presidents is an honor I will always treasure. Thank you to the Houston Safari Club Foundation for providing a platform to establish invaluable relationships, experience unforgettable adventures and contribute to such important and meaningful causes,” stated Kevin.

HSCF AWARDS GRANT TO COASTAL PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY

(Houston, TX- January 22, 2024) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) has awarded a grant in the amount of $5000.00 to the Coastal Prairie Conservancy. The Coastal Prairie Conservancy (formerly the Katy Prairie Conservancy) was formed in 1992 to conserve the coastal prairie for people and wildlife before it disappears. They are a nationally accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Houston, Texas, and a trusted leader in local land protection. They are also one of the largest local land conservation organizations, by acreage, in southeast Texas, protecting over 30,000 acres of coastal prairie. “We are immensely grateful to the Houston Safari Club Foundation for the generous grant supporting CPC’s restoration and enhancement of the Katy Prairie Preserve. This impactful gift goes beyond conservation – it’s a commitment to creating thriving habitats for wildlife, helping improve air and water quality, and ensuring that the beauty of nature is accessible to all. Together,
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Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The charitable deduction for contributions to HSCF is the cash amount of the contribution, less the value of goods and services received, to the extent permitted by law. HSCF EIN 74-2177975. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.